Being new to Arch, Manjaro and XFCE coming from a GNU-Linux ubuntu based distro I am bemused by the linking of XFCE with Lightweight especially with latest version.
Other Manjaro XFCE users seem to believe that 650+MiB RAM at idle is light?
Similarly the distro; Linux Lite which uses XFCE confirms this figure.
With the addition of conky rising to 833MiB RAM used as shown on Manjaro reddit.
I have got used to this high RAM usage and as I have a Dell Latitude i7 with 8GiB RAM this is not a problem yet.
It would appear that XFCE continues to bloat whereas KDE has slimmed down such that any research shows around the same figure at a minimum – perhaps with some primary features disabled – rising to over 1GiB. In conclusion no main flavour of Manjaro can be classed as light IMHO.
As you can see from the screenshot this true lightweight uses just 112MiB RAM at idle whereas its big brother with MATE desktop uses only 340MiB.
So looking at RAM usage from both standpoints Manjaro uses double the resource of the MATE desktop distro – or - MATE desktop distro uses half the resource of Manjaro at idle. Of course this disparity continues into real usage up to swap and beyond. For confirmation of 340MiB figure go to DistroWatch…
Please do not be disappointed – The reason I wiped previous T-mini LXDE distro is that I do not like the direction ubuntu – debian based distros are heading so need to investigate alternatives. The T-mini LXDE is not an empty headless distro as some have suggested. Out of the box it has of course a proper desktop with many themes, a web browser, email, pro writer AbiWord, picture editor etc. Juiced up with full suite of LibreOffice and many extras such as Pitivi movie editor the used RAM rises to approx 260MiB.
Using Manjaro XFCE to enter the world of Arch made the switch so simple. Even having Arch DVD did not instill any confidence at all – reading reports it seemed no place for your average Linux user to dabble – so thank you Manjaro team.
Please note that all distros are “straight out of the box” – as supplied without modification to give a fair comparison of what the devs intended.